BlogNews Weekly: Poker Goals, PLO Tips, & Outrageous Prop Bets

Antonio Esfandiari

Each week, PokerNews Canada brings you insight into the happenings at the major poker sites. Featuring the most popular blog posts, BlogNews Weekly is your one-stop shop for all your poker blog highlights.

This week, BlogNews Weekly brings you highlights from the latest PokerStars, Full Tilt, and partypoker blogs.

Poker Goal Tips

While the month of January is nearly in the books, it isn't too late to set poker goals for 2016. To help you out, a handful of Team PokerStars Pros in Tyler "frosty012" Frost, Naoya "nkeyno" Kihara, Grzegorz "DaWarsaw" Mikielewicz, Mikhail "innerpsy" Shalamov, and Adrienne "talonchick" Rowsome each answered the five questions below in a blog entry titled More Help from Team Online on Setting Poker Goals for 2016.

  1. What goals would you suggest for a beginning player?
  2. What goals to set yourself in order to grind a long tournament or poker session?
  3. Thinking back to when you started playing poker, what goals do you think led you to becoming pro?
  4. What percentage do you feel a beginning player should be playing poker compared to studying poker?
  5. What should we avoid when setting our goals so that we have a realistic chance of achieving them?

While you will have to read the blog to learn the answers, understanding how successful players are setting the goals can give you some ideas of what goals to set for yourself.

Get help on the PokerStars Blog from Team PokerStars Pros in setting your goals for 2016.

Top Three Pot-Limit Omaha Tips For Beginners

When learning a new game, such as pot-limit Omaha, it's important to understand some basic guidelines to avoid make costly beginner mistakes. With this in mind, Full Tilt Ambassador Martins Adeniya can set you on the right path to quickly learning the fundamentals of pot-limit Omaha in a Full Tilt Blog post titled Pot-Limit Omaha Tips for Beginners.

Adeniya goes into detail on three great tips including avoid playing too many hands, avoid getting too attached to {a-}{a-}{x-}{x-} and {k-}{k-}{x-}{x-} hands, and being careful with low run-downs. Understanding each of these guidelines could prove to be your path for success.

Learn on the Full Tilt Blog three great beginner pot-limit Omaha tips.

Poker’s Craziest Prop Bets

Recently two-time World Poker Tour and three-time World Series of Poker (WSOP) bracelet winner Antonio Esfandiari made the headlines for all the wrong reasons after he was disqualified from the PokerStars Caribbean Adventure (PCA) for urinating in a bottle at the poker tables. It happened due to him being unable to walk to the restroom as a result of a prop bet — where he had to lunge instead of walking for period of 48 hours — with businessman Bill Perkins.

However, was this the craziest poker prop bet of all time? The partypoker Blog titled Poker’s Craziest Prop Bets will help you decide.

In addition to mentioning the Esfandiari prop bet, the blog also goes into detail about several other off-the-wall prop bets including Amarillo Slim’s table tennis bets, Brian Zembic's boobs bet, the Phil Ivey vegetarian bet, Howard Lederer's burger bet, Ashton Griffin's 70-mile run in 24-hours bet, and the many prop bets by Huck Seed.

Discover on the partypoker Blog about each of these crazy poker prop bets.

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